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£41m lotto winner just wants a new carpet

AFTER winning £41m (€49m) on the lottery, he wants to buy a box at Manchester United . . . she wants a new carpet.

At least that is what English self-employed builder Gareth Bull and his wife Catherine (pictured right) were saying last night.

The couple had just banked £40,627,241 after matching the numbers from a Lucky Dip ticket on the EuroMillions draw on January 20.

Mr Bull (40) bought the ticket on a whim after he was unable to start work one day because it was raining.

The couple, from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, have said they want to take their two sons to Disneyland, Florida, but the most pressing matter on 35-year-old Mrs Bull's mind is her landing carpet.

Explaining how she would spend the jackpot, she told a press conference at Nottingham's Eastwood Hall: "I did say a carpet for my landing because it's terrible, nobody's allowed upstairs."

Her husband was unable to believe he had won when he checked his ticket, even though he thought his ticket matched a few of the numbers. He had to fetch his wife who was not too pleased at being "teased" while she was straightening her hair and getting their sons ready for football.

When they did realise they were winners, they still could not work out how much they would get.

Mrs Bull said: "You're rubbing your eyes, you're looking at the numbers and you're trying to comprehend things. Thinking, 'it must be four million maybe' and they've got the dots and the dashes in the wrong places -- there's got to be some pence somewhere."

Irish Independent